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MCV Pacific Women In Games: Kim Allom

MCV Pacific Women In Games: Kim Allom

The Defiant Development staffer continues to act as an ambassador for the industry.

Kim Allom has been hard at work since we profiled her as a part of our inaugural Women In Games List last year.

Kim continues to deliver at Defiant Development. Last year she oversaw the DLC production for Hand of Fate – Wildcards, Murder at Sea and Winter update and is currently working on the titles’ sequel, with Hand of Fate 2 due out next year. She also coordinated the release of Hand of Fate on Games with Gold, the first Australian game to be featured in the program.

Allom continues to speak on behalf of industry. In the past twelve months she spoke at the Haven Expo about game development in Queensland, highlighting tips on how to get into the industry and spoke at the 2015 Game On Symposium as a panelist for Aiming for Equality: Why Games should be for and by everyone. In November Kim spoke on a number of creative panels at the Jungle Love Festival, discussing work for hire models and shared tips from contractors of the musician, composer and sound design variety. In February this year Kim was also a panelist at GX Australia as a part of the Playing it Safe: Bisexual Representation and Beyond in Games (18+) panel.

Outside of her talks, Allom alongside fellow Women In Games Inductee, Lisy Kane, organised DEFGEEK 2015. The event was a celebration of the successes and triumphs of their respective indie studios during PAX Australia 2015.

This work saw Kim recognised with the MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty list and internationally as an honourable mention within Develop’s 30 Under 30. This has also drawn the attention of the press, with Allom featured by 4ZZZ ZedGames and Wolfpack Zine.

Perhaps Kim’s proudest achievement this year has been mentoring school girls in developing an app to change a societal problem via Tech Girl Superheroes.

Kim told MCV Pacific, “Games are for grown ups now and can do grown up things. They’re like houses. Leave them unattended and you get rusty, unruly. If you maintain your house -decorate it, make it your own- then you’ve found yourself a safe space that can inspire both you and your potential guests. You’ve created a home.”


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